What does it cost?

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How long will it take?

Minimum of 36 semester hours

Where will I take classes?
Atlanta Campus

Application Deadlines View Admissions Requirements

  • Fall: March 1
  • Spring: October 15
  • Summer: March 1

Educational Research, M.S.

The educational research master’s program prepares students to conduct research and evaluate programs in kindergarten through 12th grade schools, colleges and universities, and other settings (for example: government, healthcare and public health).

You’ll gain a comprehensive understanding of research methods as they are applied to the study of education.

Coursework is available in the following areas: statistics, measurement, program evaluation, survey research, computer applications, qualitative research, institutional research, and policy research.

Graduates of this program find employment in research units housed in educational agencies (for example: local education agencies, state boards of education), non-profits, and private employers who seek to improve their research capacity. Master of Science in Educational Research graduates are also well prepared to seek admission to Ph.D. studies in various disciplines.

Program Details

Admissions Requirements

When applying to the Educational Research, M.S. program, you will need to submit several documents for review.

  • Online Application
  • Application Fee of $50
  • Goals Statement (upload with the application)
  • Resume (upload with the application)
  • Two Letters of Recommendation (identify your recommenders on the application)
  • Official Transcript: minimum 2.5 undergraduate GPA required for admission
    • submit transcripts from all colleges/universities attended

Program of Study

Professional Studies (9)
Select one (3):

  • EPRS 7900 Methods of Research in Education (3)
  • EPRS 7910 Action Research (3)
  • EPRS 7920 Classroom Testing, Grading and Assessment (3)

Select one (3):

  • EPSF 7100 Critical Pedagogy (3)
  • EPSF 7110 Multicultural Education (3)
  • EPSF 7120 Social and Cultural Foundations of Education (3)

Select one (3):

  • EPY 7080 The Psychology of Learning and Learners (3)
  • EPY 7090 The Psychology of Learning and Learners: The Young Child (3)

Major (18)
Select courses (18): Students and their advisory committees select 18 semester hours of coursework in a concentration area. These courses are usually selected from EPRS course offerings; however, courses in other departments may be appropriate to include as part of students’ programs. If students want to write a master’s thesis and their advisory committees approves, they must enroll in EPS 7990 for six semester hours as partial fulfillment of the 18 semester hour major requirement. If students do not intend to write a master’s thesis, they must enroll in EPS 7991 for three semester hours as partial fulfillment of the 18 semester-hour major requirement.

Electives (9)
Select three (9): With the consent of their advisory committee, students select nine semester hours of electives. These electives must support either the concentration or understanding of the context in which educational research occurs.

Program total: Minimum of 36 semester hours

For complete degree requirements, visit the catalog.

Funding Your Graduate Education

Cost of attendance and funding opportunities are integral to your decision to attend graduate school. Georgia State University is proud to offer a variety of funding opportunities, from assistantships to fellowships.

Awards and Assistantships

Various awards, assistantships and fellowships are available to new and current graduate students. We encourage you to contact your department, college, school or institute of interest to get more information about the assistantships and fellowships that they offer their students.

The Scholarship Resource Center offers guidance and support to students seeking financial assistance through scholarship opportunities, including this scholarship library.


The Office of Graduate Programs’ Fellowship Advisor works with students interested in applying for nationally prestigious and competitive fellowships. The Office of Graduate Programs also coordinates the application process for students applying to the Second Century Initiative, the Provost’s Dissertation Fellowship and the Dissertation Library Travel Awards.

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Student Resources



Our graduates have become educational consultants and researchers in nonprofit organizations, at state and federal offices and in other areas involving research on educational policies.

Program alumni work at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Department of Education, Georgia State University, the University of Georgia, Wayne State University and other higher education institutions.


Program Coordinator
Kevin Fortner
[email protected]

Educational Policy Studies
[email protected]

Mailing Address & Office Location
College of Education & Human Development
Suite 450
30 Pryor St. SW
Atlanta, GA 30303

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